Welcome to The Asper Foundation

Israel Asper, O.C., O.M., Q.C., L.L.D. (1932 – 2003) and Babs Asper (1933 – 2011) believed that philanthropy is a driving force behind positive change in people’s quality of life. For this reason, they formed The Asper Foundation in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1983 to build upon their and the Asper family’s philanthropic objectives.

The Asper Foundation, a Winnipeg-based philanthropic organization, develops major projects and provides general support to the Jewish Community while also supporting the broader community in areas of culture, education, community development, and human rights on a local, national and international scale.

In the recent past, over $150 million has been donated to various charitable causes through The Asper Foundation. This website not only reflects, but celebrates the inspired vision of Israel and Babs Asper and outlines the activities and future plans of The Asper Foundation.

Announcements of Major Initiatives

The Asper Foundation Makes Landmark Donation to the Montreal Holocaust Museum

The Asper Foundation Makes Landmark Donation to the Montreal Holocaust Museum

January 16, 2023

The Asper Foundation has made a landmark $300,000 donation in support of the Montreal Holocaust Museum’s educational initiatives about the history of the Holocaust and its human rights legacy. The donation will allow the MHM to train hundreds of Canadian educators and better equip them to teach about the Holocaust in their classrooms. Please click here, here, and here for more information.

Anita Wortzman Named as President of The Asper Foundation

Anita Wortzman Named as President of The Asper Foundation

December 5, 2022

The Asper Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Anita Wortzman as President. Please click here, here, and here for more information.

The Asper Foundation Announces Major Gift to Maccabi World Union

The Asper Foundation Announces Major Gift to Maccabi World Union

July 17, 2022

The Asper Foundation announced a major gift of $2,500,000 US to Maccabi World Union (MWU), one the world’s largest and oldest Jewish and Zionist organizations. The gift will be used to support MWU’s new Asper Maccabi House, opening later this year, which will operate global education and leadership training initiatives as well as a new Museum of Jewish Sports. Please click here, here, here, here, and this ad from The Jerusalem Post for more information.

Asper-HUJI Innovate Announces Winner of the Asper Prize

Asper-HUJI Innovate Announces Winner of the Asper Prize

June 14, 2022

Asper-HUJI Innovate announced the winner of the inaugural Asper Prize as Kinoko-Tech, a company focused on generating tasty, healthy and nutritious food that provides an ecologically-friendly protein source. For more information, please see here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Establishment of The Asper Clean Water Fund at Tel Aviv University

Establishment of The Asper Clean Water Fund at Tel Aviv University

June 8, 2022

The Asper Foundation announced a gift of over $400,000 US to the Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University to establish The Asper Clean Water Fund at Tel Aviv University (TAU). The Fund is delivered through TAU’s Water Energy Lab which further develops technology that produces safe drinking water in the developing world. Please click here for more information.

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